What is the mortality and morbidity associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

Updated: Dec 30, 2019
  • Author: Mohammad F El-Baba, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Irritable bowel syndrome is not a life-threatening condition but can have a serious impact on a patient's daily activities and quality of life. Greater impairments in quality of life are reported in patients with irritable bowel syndrome who sought medical care compared with those who did not consult their physicians for irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. It is a major cause of absenteeism at the workplace and at school. Abdominal pain in patients with irritable bowel syndrome is responsible for significant school absences in 4-5% of middle and high-school students.


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